NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG

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Revealed: Two regions dominate rankings for late cancer diagnosis

Just two regions account for nine of the 10 worst performing clinical commissioning groups for late detection of cancer, according to official data.

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Surgery dwindles at major trauma centre as patients opt for private care

Commissioners have intervened after a drop in hip and knee surgery patients at a major NHS trauma centre sparked concerns about its ability to train junior doctors.

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Three organisations in STP leave special measures

Three organisations, which are part of a sustainability and transformation partnership once seen as one of the country’s most challenged, have left financial special measures.

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Revealed: The new CCG ratings

Sixty-three clinical commissioning groups have seen their overall performance ratings change over the past year, according to NHS England’s latest assessment framework.

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Whistleblower was ‘bullied to protect CCG chair’

The governing body of a clinical commissioning group bullied their head of governance in an attempt to protect their chair, who had breached a conflict of interest rule, an investigation has found.

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Seven CCGs to merge into three under new proposals

Sussex’s seven clinical commissioning groups could merge into three, while a nearby CCG could potentially leave the area’s sustainability and transformation partnership.

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Revealed: Collapsed private provider to the NHS owes £11m

A patient transport company which collapsed after it withdrew from a key NHS contract owes more than £11m, including to the NHS, statements filed with Companies House have revealed.

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Senior responsible officer appointed at 'improving' STP

A sustainability and transformation partnership which has faced a turbulent few years has appointed new leadership.

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Single leader chosen for eight CCGs

The eight clinical commissioning groups in Sussex and East Surrey have appointed a permanent single accountable officer.

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CCGs taken out of legal directions

Three clinical commissioning groups have been released from legal directions relating to the quality of their leadership after a major management shake-up.

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CCGs considered refusing temporary patients

Three clinical commissioning groups considered rejecting temporary registrations in a move which the British Medical Association said would breach NHS regulations and potentially drive people towards accident and emergency.

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Financially distressed CCGs criticised for 'lack of grip'

Two clinical commissioning groups showed a “lack of grip” and “over optimism” about their financial position, while one of them was demoralised by a long standing investigation into an alleged conflict of interest, a governance review has revealed.

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Commissioners give struggling ambulance service £10m extra

Commissioners are to pump an extra £10m into ambulance services in the south east this financial year so national standards for responding to emergency calls can be met from the middle of 2019.

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DHSC fails to approve tech funding loan for 15 months

An acute trust has been forced to look for new funding to pay for its electronic patient record system after the Department of Health and Social Care has still not signed off a loan after more than 15 months.

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Chief officer of struggling CCGs steps down

The chief officer of two clinical commissioning groups is leaving her job, after they were put under directions by NHS England.

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Referral restriction plan 'puts patients at risk of opiate addiction'

Patients could be at risk of opiate addiction while waiting for surgery under policies being considered by seven clinical commissioning groups, the British Orthopaedic Association has warned.

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NHS 111 procurement halted at the last minute

Two procurements for NHS 111 in the south east have been halted – in one case, just weeks before a new operator was expected to be announced.

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Five CCGs forced to make £50m savings

Five clinical commissioning groups in Sussex have to save £50m in the next nine months to achieve an agreed £65m deficit – and to gain access to sustainability funding.

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CCGs face losing millions after contract collapse

Seven clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are trying to recover £7.4m from a collapsed private provider but could face a counter-claim from administrators, HSJ has learned.

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Trusts in talks to guarantee payment after 'paperless' switch

Trusts are having to negotiate local deals to ensure they still get paid for outpatient referrals after the NHS switches from paper to electronic referrals later this year.